Moved by the divine command to evangelize all nations and baptize all in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Holy Mother Church has never spared efforts to overcome all boundaries in order to proclaim the Good News to all peoples without exception. Yet, ever since apostolic times, every missionary has also been obliged to combine daring with prudence, so as not to let himself be contaminated — through his own weakness — by those who reject the Redeemer’s universal call to conversion.
However, in our days, the growing loss of identity among Catholics sometimes leads people to think that the evanelizer should simply recognize miscellaneous creeds — amongst which ours would be just one more — without any special care to preserve one’s own faith or good customs.
Throughout the centuries, the successors of Saint Peter have not omitted to leave clear directives of how apostolic courage should be allied to vigilance. Bringing these teachings to mind now, with the intention of clarifying concepts, is particularly opportune — for they give due value to the true Faith, the only one that leads to eternal life.
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